It is not uncommon for workers in various industries in Texas to have a bit of fun at work, and while it is mostly innocent in most cases, they might not understand how dangerous it could be. Games, tricks and pranks could lead to devastating workplace accidents in the blink of an eye. For that reason, injuries suffered during horseplay might not be covered under the company’s workers’ compensation insurance.
Many hours are spent at work, and it is only natural to want to have fun doing it. However, losing sight of workplace safety for even moments can cause injuries that could range from minor to catastrophic and life-changing injuries or even death. The consequences of horseplay might not be worth the bit of fun because innocent co-workers who were not even part of the fun could be the victims.
Examples of horseplay consequences include a worker who is now immobile after he broke or bruised his tailbone when a co-worker pulled the chair away just as he was about to sit down. In another case, a worker’s eardrum was ruptured when another worker blew an air horn in his ear, causing him permanent hearing loss. Another example that shows how horseplay could be deadly involves one worker jumping onto the running board of a work vehicle to catch a ride. It became a game, and the driver went over a bump that knocked the other worker off. He landed under the wheels, and the vehicle traveled over him, causing his death.
These examples will likely explain what horseplay is, and many employers have strict policies against it in an attempt to maintain worker safety and avoid higher insurance premiums. Any worker whose workers’ compensation benefits claim was denied because the employer claimed that the injuries occurred during horseplay might disagree, but he or she may not know how to appeal a rejected claim. This is where the skills of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can be invaluable. A lawyer with experience in fighting for the rights of injured Texas workers can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the ensuing legal proceedings of an appeal in pursuit of full compensation under applicable laws.